System Modernization, Advanced Systems, and Digital Engineering

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The System Modernization, Advanced Systems, and Digital Engineering Mission Center manages modernization for multiple nuclear weapon systems and leads the Laboratories’ efforts to develop integrated engineering solutions that maintain weapon-system-required military effectiveness and reliability. This Mission Center revolutionizes weapon architectures and assures that nuclear weapons are used only when authorized.

Projects serve a variety of weapons programs utilizing integrated systems. These systems include digital engineering, which is an integrated digital approach that uses authoritative sources of system data and models as a continuum across disciplines to support ND lifecycle activities from concept through disposal. In addition to working on current weapons, you may also have a project in concept design such as exploring potential concepts for future weapon systems that promote lifecycle agility, affordability, and assuredness.

System Modernization, Advanced Systems, and Digital Engineering interns are part of a Sandia program, MissionTech, which offers students valuable cross-exposure to projects in ND Mission Technologies mission centers.

What You Gain

  • Experience in a systems-thinking approach to design
  • Skills in components methodology
  • Applied digital engineering experience
  • A professional network of fellow interns from around the nation through fun events
    and activities

All Sandia internships are made possible by a stipend and serve as a direct pipeline to full-time employment at the Labs. Sandia internships also offer a variety of benefits, including flexible work schedules, health and wellness services, and co-op opportunities. Interns work as integrated members of their teams alongside experienced mentors to produce project deliverables, and past interns have published research papers alongside their Sandia teams.

Project Types

  • Integrated hardware/software engineering
  • Digital Engineering and api DevOps
  • Proof-of-concept development for future systems
  • Developing physical, functional, and flight demonstration test units for future systems

Program Details

LocationNew Mexico, California, Limited Remote Opportunities
When OfferedSummer
DisciplineElectrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Engineering
and more
Desired SkillsDemonstrated ability to collaborate and learn new skills
Experience with LabVIEW, SOLIDWORKS, C++, and/or Python
Experience with embedded systems or circuit design

Application procedure

  1. Use Sandia’s Careers tool to create a username and password.
  2. Enter “MissionTech” into the Keywords text field, and click Search.
  3. Browse the list of MissionTech intern openings.
  4. Complete an online application for a specific intern opening

Detailed instructions for using Sandia’s Career tool to apply for a position are also available.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Sandia invites you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.